It’s a coach’s version of hockey heaven.
Parry Shockey, the former Spokane Chiefs assistant who this year took the Lethbridge Hurricanes to the Western Hockey League championship in his first full season as a head coach, has two offers for the upcoming season.
Shockey, who resigned at Lethbridge last week, has been offered head coaching jobs in Kamloops and Regina.
A decision will probably come by Tuesday, Shockey said Sunday from his home near Lethbridge.
“Both are outstanding organizations,” Shockey said. “I’m thrilled about the opportunities.”
Shockey was asked if he had considered coming back to Spokane, with the undesatanding that he’d take over when coach Mike Babcock moves into professional hockey. The Chiefs are looking for an assistant to Babcock.
“That was in the backs of everybody’s minds including mine,” Shockey said, “but you’re only hot for so long in this industry. Right now for me, as much as I appreciate everything Spokane has done for me, that isn’t something that is meant to be right now.
“Whomever they hire is going to get a great opportunity.”
Shockey said his decison will be made with his family in mind. He and his wife have two high school-aged daughters at home.
He said he has made no decision on an assistant coach.
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